Fire in the SkyS


Fireball spotted over Australia

© Steve QuirkA meteor the size of a cricket ball travelling at a typical speed of 20 kilometres a second can light up the ground as brightly as the moon
Early risers who spotted a greenish-yellow light flashing across the shire on Monday probably witnessed a meteor.

Surfers at Cronulla Beach who saw it moving from east to west over Kurnell at 5.20am said it lasted about five seconds before it split into three and disintegrated into a vapour trail.

''I knew it wasn't a shooting star; it was heaps bigger and much closer,'' said one of three surfers who saw it. ''It looked like a ball-shooter [fireworks].''


Sonic booms rattle Spanish city

Two loud booms rattled windows and shook residents of Malaga in southern Spain before officials confirmed the cause as a low-flying plane, not bombs.

"It was very loud and it sounded like a bomb but it's a false alarm," a government spokesman said.

Media initially reported two "explosions", saying people had rushed to their windows and the mobile phone network went dead.

Comment: Do sonic booms usually knock out mobile phone networks? It would appear that the Spanish government is fudging this one, perhaps because the real origin of the booms was something altogether more alarming.


UK: Fireball sighted over Wigan

A man has emailed the wigantoday newsroom asking if anyone else saw a bizarre Unidentified Flaming Object in Shevington last night.

His email in full reads ...
Hi ... Did anyone else in the Shevington area/Shevington Moor area see the fire ball above Shevington High? I live opposite the playing fields on Parkbrook Lane. At about 9pm last night my daughter and I witnessed what looked like a giant firework/rocket flying several hundred feet on a horizontal path towards Elnup Woods.


UK: 'Fireball' UFO over Hertfordshire

Rickmansworth fireball ufo
©Metro / Andrew Baskeyfield
A still from the UFO film.

It seems we might not be alone after what is claimed to be a UFO darting across the sky was filmed on a mobile phone camera.

Andrew Baskeyfield spotted the unexplained ball of light circling above his home in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, at about 7:30pm Monday night.

The bright white dot, which was still visible in daylight against the blue cloudy sky, is simultaneously seen dancing around the screen of three separate mobile phones belonging to the 23-year-old, his father and older brother.


Canada: West of Stratford, Ontario Fireball Sighting

Date: August 22, 2008
Time: Approx: 9:30 p.m.

Location of Sighting: West of Stratford Ontario.
Number of witnesses: 3
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Fireball.


US: Streaking fireball a vivid spectacle in daytime sky

Tucson, Arizona - A fireball hurtled across the southern Tucson sky in broad daylight Saturday morning, startling and inspiring awe in those who saw it.

Chelsey Dever was working a yard sale at her grandmother's house on the Northwest Side around 10:30, she said, when she looked toward the south and saw the ball arcing through the sky.

"At first I was like, 'Is that an airplane that's on fire?' " she said. Then she realized it wasn't. The other two people outside with her at the time didn't see it.


Fireball Outburst

Yes, it pays to watch the sky. This morning, Sept. 9th, with no warning whatsoever, a flurry of bright fireballs appeared over eastern parts of the United States. "Our SENTINEL all-sky camera picked up 25 bright meteors in a shower that began at 0620 UT and lasted approximately 4 hours," reports NASA astronomer Bill Cooke of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This video "frame-stack" shows the outburst at a glance:

fireball outburst


US, North Carolina: Residents report 'boom' that shook houses

Residents in the Clayton and Wendell areas reported hearing several loud "booms" that shook their houses between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday.

Emergency officials said fire officials were investigating, but have found no evidence of an explosion that could have caused the loud noises.

Also, officials at both Raleigh Durham International Airport and Seymour Air Force Base said they knew of no aircraft in the area that could have produced sonic booms.


UK: 'Massive Fireball' caught on camera above Bradford

Clayton UFO
©Richard Ing
The 'UFO' caught on camera by Richard Ing


US: 'Shuttle-Like Sonic Boom' Heard Before Townhome-Destroying Fire

Orlando, Fla. -- A space shuttle-like "sonic-boom" sound was followed by a fast-moving fire that left several people temporarily homeless at a subdivision near the University of Central Florida.